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TAFE SWSi student receives Minister’s Student Achiever Award for Tourism and Hospitality

TAFE SWSi Bankstown College Advanced Diploma of Travel & Tourism student Maraia Talei earlier this week received the 2015 Minister’s Student Achiever Award for Tourism and Hospitality.

Maraia was one of 13 students honored by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres at a special ceremony held at Parliament House in Sydney.

The award recognises students for their consistent academic achievement and their potential for significant contribution to the tourism and hospitality industry in NSW.


“I was so excited to receive the award, I was proud and humbled all at the same time,” said Maraia.

“I am so thankful for my experience at TAFE SWSi and grateful for my teachers, they have given me the confidence and direction I needed to succeed. They are fantastic mentors and I owe so much of my recent success to them.”

Mr Ayres congratulated Maraia and fellow award winners, acknowledging the importance of professional training to the tourism industry.

 “These students have shown great commitment and determination towards a career in tourism and hospitality and it was inspiring to see the incredible talent and enthusiasm on display,” Mr Ayres said.

TAFE SWSi Institute Director Peter Roberts also commended Maraia on her outstanding achievements.

“Maraia has shown outstanding dedication throughout her studies, and her passion for the industry has clearly made an impression on others,” he said.

“I’d like to congratulate Maraia on her award and acknowledge the high-level of training and support offered by travel and tourism teachers at TAFE SWSi’s Bankstown College.

Maraia is currently working in industry as an Inside Sales Agent for Discover the World, Sydney, which specialises in Global travel sales, marketing & outsourcing.

On completion of her Advanced Diploma of Travel & Tourism, Maraia hopes to undertake a Bachelor of Tourism management.

 “Growing up in Fiji I was exposed to Tourism at a very young age and I was captivated by how tourism possessed such a vibrant and colourful display of stories and culture,” she said.

“I’m very excited to be a part of Sydney’s growing tourism industry and I’m looking forward to my career ahead, I love what I do and I have always been passionate about travel.”